Keri Hilson nurses Serge Ibaka back to health, saves Thunder in Spurs series

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Keri Hilson in December 2012 at the “VH1 Divas” show at The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Credit: Getty Images

Keri Hilson and Serge Ibaka, as a unit, are unstoppable when it comes to drama-filled comebacks.

Their relationship was on the rocks earlier this year when Hilson said that “music was her boyfriend ” while describing an Ibaka-less Valentine’s Day. Today, however, they’re back to challenging Dwayne Wade and Gabrielle Union as the NBA Playoffs’ top power couple.

Hilson is now being credited with being a modern-day Asclepius (the Greek God of healing) as she somehow nursed Ibaka back to health in time to save the Oklahoma City Thunder’s season.


Ibaka dumped 15 points on the Spurs Sunday night, hauled down seven rebounds and rejected four San Antonio shots in an OKC victory. This, after it was feared he was lost for the season in mid-May due to a calf strain.

“Even though [Ibaka] didn’t say it, I knew he needed me. I needed to do anything I could to put a smile on his face,” Hilson told USA Today. “He didn’t have a smile on his face all week. It was very hard. It was really hard. He’s one of the most dedicated people I’ve ever seen in any field, one of the most dedicated people I’ve ever been able to witness.

“I was so proud,” Hilson said. “When he was crying here on the bench, I believe he was crying, I was crying too. It was emotional because I saw how just yesterday and the day before yesterday to see that he was on crutches, he was in his brace. I know he played through pain, I don’t know how he did it, but he did it.”

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